Monday, October 31, 2011

It May Be All's Right in the World for You, but is All's Right in Your World for Me?

The other day I received a surprising message from a good friend who wondered if I was all right, because he had been thinking concerned thoughts about me 'for some reason' that day! The fact is that that particular day was an 'all's right with the world day' for me. So this word from afar was quite thought-provoking for me -- I began to wonder if my friend had been picking up something in my psyche that I was unaware of picking up for myself! And I also thought that it was a very warm, caring and sweet message to receive... weird, too...

So later on ... in the middle of the night, I had a case of acid indigestion and was puttering around the bathroom trying to find where I had put the Tums and I caught a reflection of myself in the mirror and O!...M!...G! What a terrible sight -- I don't think I'll ever wear that T-shirt again. Later -- back in bed -- and in shock -- I recalled my message from earlier in the day and thought to myself -- AHA! I've got to do something about that visage, because it definitely ain't healthy and though I might feel 'all's well' all is definitely not 'right as rain' -- to use one cliché after another...

Oh, hell, I just remembered -- I was only going to have one roast potato last night. I forgot ... Time to start all over again, but I need a nap first. And I didn't find the Tums, either. I think I left them in France ...

Friday, October 28, 2011

Virtually Living Again!

Finally! The day before yesterday my cell phone returned -- the old one after 3 weeks of repair attempts was replaced! And yesterday, the computer which had been gone just over a week, was repaired. A new hard drive was necessary -- a bit disappointing after only 18 or so months, and getting it all up and working properly again is an ongoing process. But, hey, hey, hey I can blog comfortably once again in the comfort of my own space!

The 70th birthday celebration was a great success. Everyone agreed that the 70 year-old pictured in the cake looked just like Alan Whicker! All 12 children and 2 babies behaved perfectly! Not a tear was shed, not a cry was heard all day ... The car, by the way, is a Sunbeam Rapier, which was The Man's car bought when he was in Cyprus with the RAF in the very early 60's -- he adored this car and I've been unsuccessfully trying to find him a model of it for years -- so now he has one made of icing!

Needless to say at our age we were exhausted by the end of the day and still had another one to go! I don't know how they did it, but my brother and sister-in-laws managed to come up with a roast beef and Yorkshire pudding Sunday lunch for at least 12 of us -- I was still past counting!!! At the end of the day a very old-fashioned kind of moment. The man and I and our two grown sons and their Aunt and Uncle sat around the telly and watched Downton Abbey together -- something families used to do together all the time and now seems rarer than hens' teeth!

Monday morning, 3 a.m. and it was time to wakey wakey and set off for Stanstead airport with son living in Italy. Bleary-eyed we got there in plenty of time to keep Ryan Air from denying him passage and were soon on our way North! Honestly, I could  not believe the traffic at 4.00 a.m. -- all the way up the M1 to the M6 till we got home at 9.30 -- streams of cars going both ways. Every morning I get up at 5.00 a.m. for my cup of tea and English muffin and BBC World Business Report imagining it to be the quiet time of the day! It seems the quiet is only in my imagination...

Monday, I'm off again back to London. First stop: Heathrow at 9.50 p.m. to pick up my youngest sister all the way from Quechee, Vermont on her first trip to Europe! We will be staying together at the Lancaster, London and coming up to Southport for the weekend. It's hard for me to believe that she is only here for a week before flying back to the U.S. 

It's all go for the old fogeys!! Trouble is I think I might of gone ...

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Technology Blues!

I am bereft. My laptop is broken... It's definitely  not a time for me to be saddled with today's technology. Last summer my cell phone went belly up and upon my return I almost immediately took it into the T-mobile store and it's still being repaired! So I'm sitting in The Man's study, using his computer, and having a good old moan.

The problem seems to be the result of a Microsoft update and it may have done in the computer's hard drive as well -- though we don't know that for sure yet and I won't know until next week. That would be after the big birthday party! We leave tomorrow for the South of England. So I've not too long to sit twiddling my thumbs and looking for excuses not to do the things I can so easily put off doing because the Internet beckons! Oh woe is me...

Tomorrow morning we must go and pick up the cake -- which I am having made by a very talented lady from church. If she can pull off my design -- which involves cartoon-like drawings and a car from the early 60s it will be amazing -- and I shall post a picture! Now it's time for dinner and so no more Internet procrastination!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

My Blue Haven

This is the place I miss most when in France. The Man and I are fortunate to each have our own space with (almost) enough room for our individual paraphernalia! And as you can see the differences in our interests can be best appreciated kept apart! Sadly, for The Man, he's had to put the trains away for the time being -- he just ran out of space!

By the end of November I will have a new desk installed and the room will have quite a different look, I think. The present desk is a very old fashioned one -- heavy and without much drawer space -- the new one is L-shaped and more modern, but presents other problems -- like what to do with the furniture it will displace!

So here I am at 5.22 a.m. -- sleepless and yawning, but in my special place and contented too with the quiet and solitude the early morning offers me. This luxurious indulgence is fortunate, indeed, for I seem to need this time of introspection more than most of the people I know. Unfortunately, I have not been able to reconcile this with the need for more sleep ... zzzzzzzzzzzzz...

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


What is it with me? Writer's block, I guess. It's not as if 'nothing' is happening -- it's just that 'nothing' seems to be happening when I sit before the computer and consider blogging. Since July I have been bemoaning the fact that my connections to the Internet were so limited -- then I had plenty on my mind to blog about. Now here I am with 24/7 connectivity and my mind is blank -- for days.

The Man -- who is from Mars by the way -- turned 70 last week and though the family celebrations comes later this  month, we had a nice little celebration with youngest son on the day. Also, there was a little surprise party with the Polish family with the 3 little girls. Mama even baked one of her special birthday cakes and we all sat around the dining room table and the little girls translated for the parents. It transpired that both parents are having to travel to Poland (tomorrow) and without a word to me the Man from Mars offered to have us take care of the girls for the five days they are away! He has a habit of making grand gestures like this without a 'by-your-leave' and quiet word with me first. This has made me very grumpy!

So in order to feel better and with a big family gathering next week, I've been shopping. I found a beautiful silk dress that was perfect -- except for one thing -- it was too short -- too short for my legs to carry off -- that's for sure. So I took it back and found another one (£40 cheaper, too!) and ordered a new winter coat, too! And then I found some comfortable high heel shoes that are really very attractive and stylish!

In the meantime, later today, we have guests -- little ones. The Man from Mars is going to be very busy and he so hates early mornings, too. As long as he doesn't wake me up it will be fine...